Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning; it’s the Day After Father’s Day, meaning it’s June 19, 2017, and I hope all dads got presents and good noms yesterday. I have just heard on the news that one person is dead and eight injured after a van plowed into a crowd, apparently largely Muslims, in London. CNN says the police are treating it as a terrorist attack, and I fear this was perpetrated by some bigot as a horrible reprisal against recent Islamist terrorist attacks. I can’t seem to find any more information, as the police have released nothing about the person arrested save he’s a 48 year old man.

It’s National Martini Day, an estimable drink so long as it’s made with gin and not vodka, which is simply alcohol and water. It’s also Juneteenth, marking the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, a day widely celebrated in the U.S. as a holiday of freedom.

On June 19, 1846, according to Wikipedia, “The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright‘s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.” 23 to 1: what a debacle! On this day in 1910, the first Father’s Day in America was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the Senate after a long filibuster. The story of how LBJ wrangled it through the Senate is recounted in volumes 3 and 4 of Robert Caro’s brilliant biography, The Years of Lyndon Johnson (please read it!). Johnson signed the bill into law on July 2 of that year. Finally, on this day in 2012, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, fleeing U.S. extradition for publishing classified documents, took refuge in the embassy of Ecuador in London. And, exactly five years later, he’s still there.

Notables born on this day include Moe Howard of the Three Stooges (1897; real name Moses Harry Horowitz), Lou Gehrig (1903), Lester Flatt (1914), Aung San Suu Kyi (1945, who used to be my hero but is showing clay feet), Salman Rushdie (1947), and Boris Johnson (1964). Those who died on this day include botanist Joseph Banks (1820), and Ethen and Julius Rosenberg, executed in 1953 for espionage. In honor of Flatt’s birthday, here he is with his constant musical companion Earl Scruggs—on several episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. How many of you are old enough to remember that show? Be sure to see Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) do some fine country stomping in the second number.

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili suspects that Cyrus is two-timing her! She looks distraught.

Hili: I suspect that Cyrus is seeing another dog.
A: How can you tell?
Hili: He is staring and wagging his tail.
In Polish:
Hili: Podejrzewam, że Cyrus widzi jakiegoś psa.
Ja: Po czym to poznajesz?
Hili: Patrzy i macha ogonem.

In nearby Wloclawek, Leon’s in the car, returning to his flat after a day on the future site of his new home (still no sign of the house that was ordered!)

Leon: At last I’m going back to normality on the sofa.

And out in Winnipeg, Gus is playing. Last night he had his nails trimmed while he was napping.  Staff Taskin says this:

Here are a couple of Gus pics. I was given this hummingbird ornament as a gift and Gus felt it made a good cat toy.


  1. Frank Bath
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the Scruggs & Flatt clips. I well remember The Beverly Hillbillies when it was shown over here on UK TV, I can sing the opening song. Then there was the Scruggs & Flatt banjo and guitar chase in the spine chilling film Deliverance.

    • Mike
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      My Favourite TV Show at the time.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Oops, perhaps not S&P in quoted film.

      • Frank Bath
        Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        ! Scruggs and Flatt !

  2. Posted June 19, 2017 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Approaching 30 C at my desk 😦 …& static traffic outside yet all the drivers still run their engines!!!

    I hate summer! bah humbug…

  3. GBJames
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    I’m old enough to remember the show. And old enough to cringe when PBS presents old 60’s-era musicians reprising songs of my youth. How the hell did they all get so old?

    • Historian
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      That’s a question we of a certain age ask every day. And we don’t like the answer.

  4. Historian
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Typo: Lou Gehrig was born June 19, 1903.

  5. busterggi
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Dueling Banjos is an American classic.

    • Posted June 19, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      Do you mean this song?:

      This is performed by the two guys who actually played it for the movie Deliverance: Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell.

  6. rickflick
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Ha! Leon seems to have captured and killed the stick shift. 😎

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      I thought Leon was making like a hummingbird and trying to sip nectar from its beak.

  7. DrBrdyon
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I certainly remember The Beverly Hillbillies, as well as the numerous spin-offs. Buddy Ebsen has a long career, and it’s easy to forget that he started off as a dancer. Remeber, he was originally cast as the Tin Man in the Judy Garland <The Wizard of Oz, until he got sick from the make-up.

  8. littleboybrew
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Beverly Hillbillies, The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, My Three Sons, Mr. Ed, well TV comedy was never better.

  9. BJ
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Speaking of Father’s Day, celebrated it with a series of articles about how awful men — and in particular fathers — truly are:

    Oh, you!

    I may not be old enough to remember The Beverly Hillbillies being shown on TV, but I’ve listened to Scruggs & Flatt many times (I’m a huge bluegrass fan), and I’ve seen Scruggs perform on several occasions.

  10. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Joseph Banks was the botanist who accompanied Captain James Cook when he became the first European to set foot on New Zealand. (The Maori had beaten him by c. 450 years.) Crucial knowledge for honorary New Zealanders!

  11. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Being closer to the locales (vodka belt and Sweden/UK), I feel I need to point out that:

    – Vodka is not “simply alcohol and water” anymore than whisky is. It too can be produced and stored in conditions that add taste, or else spiced. Else there would not be a market for more than one label.

    – It is Assange’s self described claim that he fled from extradition. What he factually fled from at the time was a hearing in several rape accusations (Sweden). Now that *that* is legally written off in Sweden, he is fleeing the UK court order for hearing him for breaking the extradition to Sweden. He is a simple former and current suspect criminal, with a high esteem of himself and low esteem for women, victims, and justice.

    • Benjay
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Potato potato? Excuse me. I haven’t drank vodka or listened to Assange in many moons. I don’t know. I just make jokes.

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